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Activism towards decent and green employment


Two main questions arise from the NAWI workshops and dialogues:

1) Why do people not act in response to global environmental problems?

2) What encourages action?

Long-term climate is a phenomenon not easily detected by personal experience, nor is it one that invites personal observation and evaluation. Concern about the adverse consequences of human action on climate change is low even in South Tyrol. Many think of climate risks both as scientifically highly uncertain and as mostly in the future and geographically distant, all factors which lead people to discount them. Yet emotional reactions to environmental changes are likely to be conflicting and muted since changes can be perceived as part of a natural process and the global environmental system judged as beyond the control of individuals, communities and quite possibly science and technology.

Regarding barriers to action, many people are taking action in response to the risk of climate change but others are unaware of the problem, believing variously that the problem is elsewhere, or that others should act, or that their actions will make no difference or are unimportant compared with those of decision-makers. NAWI activists can better influence the behaviour that drives climate change by providing deeper analysis and information to South Tyrol citizens, showing cost-benefit results, and indicating alternative sustainable and consumption patterns. Moreover NAWI participants should make the climate change problem a personal issue, engaging stakeholders and promoting a compelling vision on sustainability.

Priority actions (either in force or to be designed)

  • We will recognise the role of advocacy in achieving green employment goals. To this end NAWI community will “walk the talk” by addressing the ecological competence to environmental changes and the positive impact in the local labour market.
  • We agree to use the shared language and concepts of sustainable development to enhance awareness and a culture of interdependency.
  • We agree to connect our network with the academic, scientific, business, financial and social communities.
  • We agree to exploit economic instruments (energy and pollution taxes) and institutional arrangements (labelling systems) together with communication techniques (person-to-person contact) in order to change perceptions of environmental changes and green employment.
  • Given the great sense of urgency, we will promote permanent dialogue, and provide better alternatives in favour of sustainable development at individual, organisational and public levels to achieve them.
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